Friday night at the New York City Wine & Food Festival was spent just how you would expect: with dancing, drinks and lots of food. Night owls made their way to The Bowery Hotel in downtown Manhattan, where Rachael Ray and her husband, John Cusimano, brought their signature South by Southwest music and cocktail party, Rachael Ray’s Feedback, to the Big Apple. The Bowery Hotel’s glamorous, luxurious and vintage-style terrace proved the perfect place to unite Rachael and John’s shared love for food and music. Boasting the rockin’ vibes of Austin (the live music capital), special bar bites curated by Rachael herself and libations handcrafted by award-winning chefs, this late-night party bled into Saturday.
A great roast chicken — the kind with gorgeous golden skin and meat that’s juicy and flavorful — is one of those things that seems like it should be simple, but actually requires a bit of technique. Whether brining, marinating, seasoning or all of the above, once you have a method that works, you can wow friends and family with relative ease. Here, four chefs share their favorite ways to roast a chicken. Read more
After waiting in meaty anticipation for 12 long months, burger enthusiasts from across the country converged upon Midtown Manhattan tonight to welcome the New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s much-beloved Burger Bash back to the Big Apple. This year’s fan-favorite event marked the eighth annual celebration of all things between the bun and the second time it took place on the roof of Pier 92, where the hundreds of hungry partygoers could enjoy sprawling city sights and glowing Hudson River views. Once again, Rachael Ray was on hand to host the sold-out bash, and she was joined by fellow Food Network favorite Robert Irvine, who was one of four of this year’s esteemed judges. Josh Capon, who’s won Burger Bash at both the New York City Wine & Food Festival and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, was on hand as well, but this year he wasn’t cranking out his now-famed Bash Burger. Instead, he joined Robert, Coolio and New York Jets player Nick Mangold as a judge of the entire menu of burgers up for grabs.
It was up to the partygoers to vote for the burger they thought was the best of all, and after the votes were tallied, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer scored the coveted people’s choice award, thanks to its blue cheese-laced Kobe beef burger. One of the team members from the restaurant joined Rachael on stage to collect the $1,500 prize.
What pairs perfectly with your couch and some heavy knits? A warming cocktail featuring our favorite fall ingredients, of course. This weekend, stock the bar cart and treat yourself to one of these cozy drinks, plus make a spiked shake for dessert.
Who knew your favorite summer drink could be so versatile? Sip sangria all through fall with Bobby Flay’s mulled version (pictured above), made with Spanish red wine, brandy and sugar. Heat the ingredients, add in some citrus fruits and ladle into mugs for the perfect post-hay ride drink.
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Skip messy face paint and itchy wigs this Halloween, and dress up like one of your favorite snacks instead with a little inspiration from Amanda Kibler, the wardrobe whiz from Good Eats with Alton Brown. After years of costume design, Kibler has nailed down the recipe for a successful food-themed costume: It must be eye-catching but comfortable, and it needs to be sturdy enough to endure a long night of door-to-door candy collection. That sounds like a tall order to fill, but Kibler’s life-size designs for pizza, bacon and more are a cinch to pull together at home. Best of all? Each costume relies on thrifty materials like fleece, felt, foam and cardboard.
For the Small Fry
No ghoulish masks or fake blood here — just some giant golden french fries stuffed inside a life-size carton. Aside from looking adorable, trick-or-treaters will stay plenty warm on the notoriously chilly night of Oct. 31 when they’re surrounded by the soft foam fries.
With the arrival of the holiday season comes the impending arrival of not-so-helpful house guests, a never-ending menu of meals to cook and gatherings to prepare for, and a laundry list of at-home to-dos (which just so happens to include the laundry). Wouldn’t it be nice to have one place to go this time of year to help you navigate the season and all that goes with it? That’s where Giada De Laurentiis‘ new show, Giada’s Holiday Handbook, comes in.
Beginning Sunday, Nov. 8 at 11a|10c, Giada’s new series will show fans just how doable — and enjoyable — holiday festivities can be, from hosting classic holiday open houses and the all-important turkey day feast to throwing cocktail soirees, gingerbread-making parties and, of course, the ultimate Christmas dinner. On each episode of Giada’s Holiday Handbook, she’ll introduce not only a roster of crowd-pleasing recipes, but also how-tos for making themed party favors for guests. With her tips on how to execute the menu, plus good-to-know ideas for music and decor pairings, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy the most-wonderful time of the year.
Waffle bars aren’t just for breakfast (though they’re great for that). They also make awesome family dinners and serve as the perfect party buffet. Best of all, they’re deceptively simple. Even the most-festive waffle bar can be set up in three easy steps.
1. First, decide on the waffle recipe you’ll use. A few fan-favorite suggestions:
With plenty of tangy tomato sauce at the ready, and tender meatballs and cheesy margherita pizzas on hand, the stage was set for the 2015 New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s opening night bash on Thursday: an Italian feast hosted by who else but Food Network’s own queen of Italian cuisine, Giada De Laurentiis. Along with Giada, more than 30 chefs gathered high atop Manhattan’s Pier 92 to serve the ultimate Sunday supper-style menu complete with Old-World favorites, from classic red-sauce gravy and pillowy gnocchi to succulent porchetta and even sweet-tooth-satisfying cannoli.
FN Dish caught up with Giada as she mingled with fans, and she told us that when it comes to Sunday supper at her house, it’s a kid-friendly feast. “Usually it’s Jade and I cooking, and then it depends on what friends or what family is available to come over,” she said. And as for what’s likely on the menu at her house? According to Giada, “Pasta is Jade’s favorite.” At Giada’s station on Thursday night, however, there wasn’t pasta but a pair of golden-brown arancini — one filled with artichoke and the other with lemony crab, both nestled in a bright tomato sauce.
Settle in for a weekend of comforting fall favorites and heated competition on Food Network. First up on Saturday, Bobby Flay is getting brunch inspiration from a walk through New Orleans’ French Quarter and cooking up Bananas Foster Beignets. Next, Ree Drummond is testing recipes she’s never tried before, like Falafel with Chipotle Tahini Dip and Chicken and Waffles. Then, get the trends for fall on The Kitchen and watch the co-hosts reveal their favorite hacks. On Saturday night, learn the secrets behind barbecue side dishes and grab-and-go breakfasts on two new episodes of Unwrapped 2.0.
On Sunday morning, Damaris Phillips is taking a few pages out of her grandmother’s cookbook, fixing up Porcupine Meatballs in Sauerkraut and Oatmeal Molasses Cookies. Then on Sunday night, Guy Fieri’s buddies from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives compete together on Guy’s Grocery Games. After that, Halloween Wars continues with a guest judge from MTV’s Scream as competitors fight for a shot in the finals. Then, Alton Brown dishes out a fresh lineup of sabotages on a new Cutthroat Kitchen.